Sandra O'Driscoll

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Serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels were studied in children with HbSS and HbSC in a single institution, and their relationship to cerebral vasculopathy as assessed by transcranial Doppler scanning (TCD). All children with HbSS (n = 97) and HbSC (n = 18) who underwent a TCD scan in 2006 were studied. LDH levels were higher in HbSS patients than HbSC(More)
OBJECTIVE Increased intracerebral blood velocity measured by transcranial Doppler scanning identifies children with sickle cell anemia who are at increased risk of stroke. We have tried to develop an index based on routine clinical measurements that also predicts increased intracerebral blood flow. METHOD Routinely collected clinical and laboratory data(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the role of transcranial Doppler (TCD) scanning in assessing the risk of stroke in children with haemoglobin SC (HbSC) disease. TCD scanning has an established role in primary stroke prevention in sickle cell anaemia but its value in HbSC is unknown. DESIGN A retrospective audit of routinely performed TCD scans and routinely collected(More)
Peripheral venous access in children with sickle cell anaemia (SCA) requiring regular blood transfusions can become difficult over time. Previous reports have suggested the use of totally implantable venous access devices, Portacaths (PAC) in this patient group are associated with unacceptable high rates of complications. We present our experience in seven(More)
A study published in 1981 examined the causes of hospital admission for a cohort of children with sickle cell disease (SCD). Since that time, the incidence and prevalence of SCD has increased markedly in the UK, and there have been many changes in the management of this disease. We undertook a study examining the causes of hospital admission of children(More)
Hydroxyurea is increasingly used in the treatment of sickle cell disease (SCD) although there is little evidence on how best to monitor treatment and compliance. It is also not known why 10-50% patients do not benefit from the drug and whether some of this resistance is because of pharmacokinetic factors. We have developed an assay using mass spectrometry(More)